Where Do You Attend Church?

by | Jan 24, 2020

It may seem silly to publish a blog describing the church’s name, but I promise it is not a Trojan horse intended to change the name. Church names are important beyond a tradition or a trend. Let me give you a brief explanation of what it means to be Immanuel Baptist Church and suggest you read an additional blog article.

Immanuel is a Church

immanuel baptist richmond virginia church front sign 2019The Bible uses the term gathering or assembly to describe what Christians do naturally. The word “church” literally refers to those called together in public (see Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon). A healthy gathering occurs when a congregation of baptized, covenanting church members meets in one place at one time to worship God and hear his Word resulting in God’s glory and the people’s encouragement. So when you say, “I’m attending church” that is what you mean.

Immanuel is a Baptist Church

Lots of churches gather on Sunday mornings. The reason we gather on the corner of Monument and Thompson is that we agree together about our confessional identity. This is not to be confused with convention or denominational identity. As a Baptist church, we confess our belief in biblical authority, the autonomy of the local church, priesthood of the believer, two church ordinances: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper, individual soul liberty, two church offices: elders and deacons, and separation of church and state. Baptists have always believed all of these.

Immanuel is Immanuel Baptist Church

Our Baptist church is uniquely named after Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).” Our Lord identified with us as a sinner so that we may identify with him as saints. Think about that. We are expressing “I am his and he is mine” every time we pass the door.

Not every church uses this philosophy for naming the church. For more about that, I yield to Shane Morris’s article, “The 9 Worst Kinds of Hilariously Trendy Church Names.”

Pastor Michael Wilburn Immanuel Baptist Richmond

 

Blessings,
Pastor Michael
mwilburn@ibcrichmond.org